After President Trump was acquitted in the Senate and after he called Nancy Pelosi out on her “I pray for you” remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, it’s not surprising that Madam Speaker was a little salty during her weekly press conference.
While using the word “inappropriate” far more times than would be…appropriate, Pelosi inappropriately disparaged the President and cheapened the experiences of the State of the Union guests.
What happened instead was the President using the Congress of the United States as a backdrop for a reality show, presenting a State of Mind that had no contact with reality whatsoever.
After attempting to rebut Trump’s “appalling” effort to “take credit” for the economy during the State of the Union, claiming that Trump inherited an economy with “momentum” from Obama, Pelosi again ripped into Trump’s speech, using the standby dog-whistle term “dangerous” as one descriptor.
It was, in my view, a manifesto of mistruths, falsehoods, blatantly — really dangerous to the well-being of the American people if they believed what he said.
It was a serious breach to start shouting four more years on the floor of the house. Totally inappropriate.
First of all, the whole State of the Union was beneath the dignity of the White House, an insult to the Congress of the United States and the American people.
Then she blasted Trump’s comments from the Prayer Breakfast directed at her and Sen. Romney, praising Romney’s “courage” and asserting that Trump knows “little” about faith and prayer.
I don’t know what the president understands about prayer or people who do pray, but we do pray for the United States of America…I do pray for him…because it’s a heavy responsibility. And I pray hard for him because he’s so off the track of our Constitution, our values, our country, our children… he really needs our prayers.
He can say whatever he wants, but I do pray for him. And I do so sincerely and without anguish. You know, I — gently, just the way I pray for everybody else.
He’s talking about things that he knows little about: faith and prayer.
God bless him [Romney] for his courage. This morning the president said when people use faith as an excuse to do… I don’t know if he said bad things, or whatever it is he said, it was just totally inappropriate, especially at a prayer breakfast.
Oh, because not even 48 hours after standing and ripping up the President’s speech at the conclusion of the State of the Union, Pelosi is just the woman to lecture Trump on what’s appropriate.
When asked about what bombshells John Bolton might possibly drop in the future, Pelosi left open the possibility of another impeachment inquiry.
If there are others that we see and there’s an opportunity [for another impeachment inquiry], we’ll make a judgment at that time. But we have no plans.
Yeah, right. The plan is for endless impeachment.
Pelosi is known for encouraging members to be “dignified” in their remarks and actions toward the President or other political foes and was asked if she “stepped on” that message by ripping up his speech. Of course not!
No, I did not. I tore up a manifesto of mistruths. It’s very hard for us to get you to talk about the issues that we are working on…he misrepresented all of that. It was necessary to get the attention of the American people to say, this is not true. This is how it affects you. I don’t need any lessons from anybody, especially the President of the United States, on dignity.
When one reporter asked if Trump’s “performance” gave her pause to invite him back for another State of the Union, she deflected by insisting that there will be a different president next year. That’s precious. Then she again defended ripping up the speech while chastising the reporter who dared question the dignity of her actions.
I think it was entirely appropriate, and considering some of the other exuberances within me, the courteous thing to do. It’s appalling the things that he says – and then you say to me – tearing up his falsehoods, isn’t that the wrong message? No, it isn’t. It’s just, I have tried to be gracious with him. I’m always dignified. I thought that was a very dignified act, compared to my exuberances, as I say.
Exuberances. That’s a new term, and it doesn’t exactly describe Pelosi’s demeanor during the State of the Union speech.
Saint Nancy has been so respectful and courteous, as she’ll be the first to tell you, when it comes to her dealings with President Trump. But just in case you didn’t get the point the other 25 times she mentioned it in this press conference, she tells you again while throwing in an accusation that the President was on drugs:
I feel very liberated. I feel that I’ve extended every possible courtesy. I’ve shown every level of respect. I extended the hand of friendship to him…it’s also an act of kindness because he looked a little sedated. He looked that way last year, too.
Many pundits and politicians complain that President Trump can never admit when he’s done something wrong or even that some action was less than perfect. I’d ask them: Have you ever been successful in getting Nancy Pelosi to admit something less than perfection?
She brings “Bless your heart” to a whole new level.
You can watch the entire cringeworthy, rambling press conference here.